The Amazing Health Benefits of Being More Organized for CIDP Pain
An organized physical space can have wonders on the secondary effects of CIDP which often make the disease worse.
By Shiraz Abbas
CIDP is not a joke. People afflicted with the disease suffer through a lot of pain. It can have devastating effects on the normal course of your life and relationships.
Unfortunately, CIDP derails one’s life and often leads to a double-whammy: lack of sleep, high stress and broken social relationships – among other things – all of which ends up exacerbating CIDP symptoms.
To deal with the chaos of our minds, psychologists often recommend fixing the chaos that surrounds us on the outside. Being organized can help reduce some of the chaos outside of our lives and in turn reduce the chaos in our minds.
In this article, we will look at how being organized can help with elements in our lives that can – in turn – help reduce CIDP pain.
Being Organized Can Help with Eating Habits
A study in Psychology Science showed that having an organized physical space can lead to better health choices. People who have organized living spaces are more likely to eat healthy. For example, they are more likely to eat a salad rather than a chocolate bar.
The study concluded that
orderly environments lead people toward tradition and convention, whereas disorderly environments encourage breaking with tradition and convention—and that both settings can alter preferences, choice, and behavior.
Being organized makes it more likely that you will follow health rules and avoid breaking them.
So how is this relevant to CIDP? Well, the nature of your diet can dramatically effect your illness. Just search our website and you will find tons of articles on the subject of CIDP and diet.
Being Organized Can Help with Stress
Studies show that people with cluttered homes are more depressed, fatigued and have higher levels of stress (cortisol).
We have previously seen how stress can be a possible trigger for CIDP
According to a 2008 article L. Stojanovich and D. Mariasavljevich showed that in 80% of patients with autoimmune diseases (the case studies they were dealing with), there was a report of “uncommon emotional stress” before the onset of the disease. A further problem was the vicious circular effect of the stress; the stress caused the disease to come out or become worse, but then the disease itself caused even more stress and made the disease worse in turn.
As such, the treatment of autoimmune diseases (like CIDP) must include “stress management and behavioral intervention” to prevent, or at least mitigate an autoimmune imbalance.
Being Organized can Help with Sleep
Reports have also shown that cluttered rooms can affect sleep. Many people find that they sleep better when their rooms are decluttered. Sleeping better is key for CIDP health as lack of sleep can lead to and exacerbate CIDP inflammation. It can also lead to weight gain and obesity which can also contribute to CIDP.
Remember that that this is not a cure for CIDP, but it is likely that the organization of your physical life can mitigate some of the secondary effects of the diseases.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.